A little about ourselves:
Established in June 2016, the Greater Racine Water Council is comprised of leaders, steering committee, and plenary council with teams to work on various areas of concern. The Greater Racine Water Council educates residents about the local watersheds, encouraging behavior to "Respect Our Waters;" promote implementation plans, activities and programs of the Root River, Pike River and Wind Point watershed areas and plans; and address all local and state policies and regulation related to water.
To promote all of Racine's water-related activities and encourage resident participation so as to generate a self-image of greater Racine as a "water city".
Check out some of these local water organizations and what they do in greater Racine!
The WATERshed Program instructs Racine Unified School District students about a variety of important scientific aspects in water and connecting them with it, utilizing our local sources - the Root River and Lake Michigan. This year was another success with 3000 students learning from dedicated volunteers summing to 523 volunteer hours! Please contact Nancy Carlson for inquiry in volunteering: firstname.lastname@example.org. The future generation needs to be connected and gain knowledge on the importance of our freshwater resources.
Greater Racine Water Council - Golden Rondelle Event April 27, 2017
Water and Waterways of Greater Racine is a community program to be held at the SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The program features Ann Brummitt and Brenda Coley Co-Executive Directors of the Milwaukee Water Commons their Water City 3.0 program for Milwaukee. In addition, local leaders will provide updates on a variety of issues, solutions and celebrations regarding Racine water and waterways:
Root-Pike WIN December News
Horlick Dam Community Workshop
The Root River Council held a community workshop for input regarding the fate of the Horlick Dam to some of the Racine County Board members and the Southeastern Wisconsin Planning Commission at River Bend Nature Center, December 2016. The event had a lot of useful input for thought.
Check out the news article on the Journal Times.
Annual Event November 2016
The Root River Council held their annual meeting at Gateway on November 2016. They talked about 2016's highlights, provided a preview of 2017 events and Vandewalle and Associates briefed on the RootWorks plans in Racine. Below are new official board members!
Photo credit: Marybeth Zuhlke
Left to right: Anuja Patil, Brian Dean, Laura Schulz, Mera Yi, Kathy Karabetsos
Todd Brennan (Alliance for the Great Lakes), Nancy Carlson (WATERshed Program), Jim Chambers (Root River Council), Dave Giordano (Root-Pike WIN), Mollie Jones (Alderwoman District 2), Kimberly Kane (Kane Communications Group), Monte Osterman (Racine Co Board of Supervisors District 3), David Rhoads (Greening Greater Racine), Joan Roehre (Adventure Kids Learning), Laura Schulz (Root River Environmental Community Center - REC), Allison Thielen (Root-Pike WIN), Melissa Warner (Weed Out Racine; Sierra Club), Mera Yi (Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps; UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences)
Pike River Cleanup
The Kenosha Sportfishing & Conservation Association works with a number of organizations, like Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, Educators Credit Union, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourcesand many more to do a colossal cleanup along the Pike River at Petrified Springs Park. Last year they found a number of large items that required a lot of resources.
In fall 2018 will be their 10th year in their cleanup efforts. Please consider helping volunteer or becoming a sponsor for this event!
Root River Festival 2017
Greening Greater Racine was one of many that participated in an event that brings the community to the river. This year it was at Lincoln Park. Check out some of the photos! It was a great turn out with a lot of fun. Thanks to the Root River Council board event planners!
Photo credits Jon Bolton
Standing Rock in Racine
Several organizations came together to stand together for Standing Rock. We hope the Dakota pipeline does not disturb native lands and contanimate local waters. Water is life.
Root River Festival 2016
Photo credits: Emily Romeril
Some of our water members are also board members of the Root River Council. They planned an event hosted by RiverBend Nature Center for the fall festival. This river event focused on environmental education, entertainment, and reverence for our river.
Some of the event details include: five musical performances, including Lil Rev from Milwaukee and a Gospel choir; 3 storytellers, including alma mater of Emerson College, England School of Storytelling; local historian sharing the lore of Root River industry and labor; 15 nonprofit organizations from our community; local food, including authentic Jamaican food truck from Milwaukee and local craft beer from Benjamin’s Beer of Racine.
A Need for Action
The GRWC works towards protecting the Root River and raising awareness of the River in all aspects of community planning. Some members (photo below) of the Greater Racine Water Council (GRWC) voiced major concerns of the proposed Waukesha diversion's impact to the quality and quantity of the Root River and its affects to the communities in Racine to the Racine Common Council July 19, 2016. Chief among those concerns is a comprehensive monitoring plan and mitigation funding to help offset possible impacts from a new effluent source in the Root River.To this end, the GRWC hosted the Waukesha Wastewater Utility at a meeting in February to learn about and provide feedback for their water monitoring plan. Moving forward, the council looks to work with Waukesha and various entities to ensure that the health of the Root River and the people of SE Wisconsin are prioritized in decision making.
The meeting made news in an article by the Journal Times August 1, 2016, click here for the details.
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